Meeting calls for a national body to respond to research misconduct

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:889
  1. Richard Smith
  1. BMJ

    Britain needs a national body to respond to research misconduct, concluded a meeting this week organised by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Exactly how the body should be constituted, what it should do, and how it should be started was less clear.

    Professor Michael Farthing, the committee's chairman, said that the case of Dr Anjan Banerjee illustrated the deficiencies in the current system (BMJ 2000;321:1429). Dr Banerjee was found guilty of serious professional misconduct some 10 years after he had falsified research published in the journal Gut. His supervisor, Professor Timothy …

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